Taeko Kunishima Band
Doors 8pm – Music 8.30pm – BUY TICKETS
Taeko Kunishima is a Japanese composer and pianist who has performed at festivals and venues in UK, Japan and Germany. She performs with her regular band on this occasion.
Taeko Kunishima was a long term resident in London, and is now moving between the UK and Japan, performing in both countries. With a background in both classical and jazz, she has toured the UK with support from Jazz Services, and has four albums on the 33 Jazz label, the most recent being ‘Iridescent Clouds’. This album was put forward as one of the best released in 2016 by James Nadal of All About Jazz.com. Evan Parker stated it had a ‘good clear concept…well interpreted by the musicians.’ Taeko featured on Radio 3’s Late Junction in 2017, with Nick Luscombe who described her new album as ‘wonderful’. The last performance at IKELCTIK was well received.
“Acknowledged for her trademark lyricism, pianist Taeko Kunishima reflects upon the wonders of nature on Iridescent Clouds, offering elegant improvised passages encased in a meditative concept.”
All About Jazz.com (2016)
This young tabla wizard is also an accomplished studio engineer, composer and producer. Camilo has worked closely with Nitin Sawhney and James Holden. He is studying tabla with Hanif Khan and Mohamed Asani. During his residency he has worked on the ‘Music In Prisons’ project, the LPO’s ‘Join The Band’ initiative, and an installation with poet Lemn Sissay, as well as a host of performances. Camilo’s music has been described as “Indian classical meets dub reggae through the prism of electroacoustic composition”.
Clive Bell – Shakuhachi, Flute, Producer
Europe’s leading performer on the Japanese shakuhachi, Clive Bell has been heard on recordings by David Sylvian, Bill Laswell, Jochen Irmler (Faust), Karl Jenkins and Jeff Beck. He is a member of PIL bassist Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart, and has recently toured with Wobble’s Nippon Dub Ensemble. He recently performed on Debris in Lower Earth Orbit as part of Twinkle3 on Cuspeditions.bandcamp.com
Paul Moylan – Double Bass
Top European bass player Paul Moylan numbers John Dankworth and John Etheridge among his collaborators, and put in a long stint as Michael Garrick’s right hand man. Studies in composition with Hans Werner Henze were followed by an appearance on East Enders. As bandleader Paul works with Yair Schleider, Ronnen Kozokoro, Martin Hathaway and Mattias Eskilsson. He has recently performed as part of High Society in the West End show…
He has recorded sounds which are included in Taeko Kunishima’s most recent work; Iridescent Clouds. The sounds are from both Japan and the UK, from the call of the Uguisu bird in spring (a type of Japanese warbler) to the rustling of oak leaves in autumn. Taeko’s performances include his varied projected films which reflect idiosyncratically on each piece; such as:
Previous performances from Iridescent Clouds:
Kaho Aso Duo
Kaho Aso is a Japanese musician/actor who plays ko-tsuzumi Japanese drum, and performs traditional dance. She will perform with another musician, name to be confirmed.
Kaho Aso is a traditional Japanese dancer, multi-instrumentalist and actor from Tokyo, Japan. She completed a PhD at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts, where she focused on traditional Japanese instruments. As well as performing internationally with British theatre company Complicite, she has appeared in a variety of Japanese advert campaigns, TV programmes and films, as well as the Hollywood film Blue Eye Samurai. In 2016 she was appointed as a Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency of Cultural Affairs.
In February 2017 Kaho performed in “Yugenism”, a UK touring programme for Japanese traditional instruments, with music composed by Verity Lane, and specially commissioned animated films.
Featured Image by John Watson